SC on The Wire's writ

IN Media Watch Briefs | 13/04/2018

The Supreme Court decided on April 12 to send the Wire's writ seeking quashing of the criminal defamation case initiated against it by Jay Shah, son of BJP president Amit Shah, to another bench of the Supreme Court, as the same judges were  also involved in the ongoing Aadhaar matter. The Wire was appealing the Gujarat high court’s refusal to quash the criminal proceedings. In 3 years the site has earned 11 defamation cases (5 criminal) – six from Adani, two from Jay Shah, two from Rajeev Chandrasekhar and one from SubhashChandra of ZeeTV (now withdrawn).                

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Paid news falls within the citizen's right to free speech and the Election Commission has no business trying to stop it, according to the Delhi High Court. ET reports that while the EC thinks paid news is a major challenge to conducting free and fair elections, and 15 cases of paid news were identified in the recently concluded Karnataka polls, the HC says the EC's remit is confined to the poll expenditure of a candidate, and not the content of the advertising s/he spends on.                                                             

Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving 9 persons dead in police firing.          

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